Season Review: GCL Mets- Young Arms Impress

The GCL Mets finished the regular season at 31-25, qualifying for the playoffs as a wild card.  They would lose their only playoff game, 8-4 to the GCL Phillies. 

Top Prospects

LHP, Juan Urbina- 5-3, 5.01 ERA, 48 1/3 IP, 54 hits, 14 bb, 38 K,  2.61 BB/9, 7.08 K/9

The 17-year old Urbina came into the season with great expectations.  The Mets top 2009 International signee, Urbina made his professional debut in 2010, and was dominant at times, but also struggled at times.  At this stage of his career, the key for the young left-hander is to stay healthy and to throw strikes.  Urbina oozes potential, with his above average raw stuff, and his family pedigree (son of Ugeth Urbina, former All-Star Closer). 

Mets Minor League Pitching Coordinator Rick Waits on Urbina-  “You want to develop someone in the right order and it’s happening for him right now….First thing we had to deal with was protecting his arm.  Learning how to throw strikes with the fastball. He already has a good changeup. He already has a good breaking ball, but not a consistent one.  He’s an exciting kid. Touching 90. We demand 65% fastballs every game.”

The Mets organization is very excited at the progress of the young Urbina.  Look for the Mets to be very cautious and patient with his develpment.  Urbina will most likely pitch in extended spring-training once again, and pitch in Kingsport in 2011.

RHP, Akeel Morris- 1-1, 2.19 ERA, 24 2/3 IP, 13 hits, 17 bb, 28 K, 6.20 BB/9, 10.22 K/9

Morris, the Mets 2010 10th round pick out of the Virgin Islands, impressed in his professional debut.  Blessed with a plus fastball, Morris racked up strikeouts, but was spotty with his control.  The Mets are very high on Morris, and he is only scratching the surface of his potential.  Being from the Virgin Islands, Morris did not have the exposure as most draftees. 

Waits on Morris- “Talk about a quick arm. Electric arm… hasn’t had a whole lot of pitching in the Virgin Islands. It’s good baseball, but not enough.”

Morris is a power arm that the organization desperately lacks.  Look for Morris to join Urbina in extended spring training, and pitching for Kingsport in 2011. 

LHP, Zach Dotson- 0-1, 3.31 ERA, 16 1/3 IP, 12 hits, 9 bb, 18 K, 4.96 BB/9, 9.92 K/9

The Mets went overslot to sign the left-handed Dotston, their 13th round pick in the 2009 draft for $500,000.  The 19-year old Dotson, is a big kid (6′ 1″, 180lbs), and has above average stuff. 

Waits on Dotson: “I’ve been really excited about him.  He’s got a really good arm.  He’s gonna be in the 90s. He’s got a sharp slider right now, it’s just his delivery isn’t consistent right now.  Right now, he’s just learning how to repeat his delivery. It’s not a matter of arm strength and it’s not a matter of stuff.”

Dotson was off to a strong start in his pro debut, until he was suspended for 50 games, detailed by Toby here.  I am not sure what the suspension means for next season, but look for Dotson to possibly be in Kingsport in 2011.

OF, Julio Concepcion-  .282/.326/.466, 10 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 7 BB, 34 K.

The recently turned 21-year old Concepcion, checked in at #36 in Toby’s Top 41 for 2009.  Concepcion repeated his stay in the GCL, and improved his power numbers; improving his SLG % by over .100 points (2009-.356, 2010-.466), and his ISO power as well (2009-.050, 2010-.184).  However, Concepcion walk rate did regress (2009-5.6%, 2010-3.7%).  Concepcion has the size (6’4″, 194lbs) and the power potential, to make him an interesting prospect.  At his age, Concepcion needs to play with a full-season team in 2011, which maybe a difficult task considering the outfield depth in the organization. 

Other prospects of note: RHP, Erik Goeddel, RHP, Domingo Tapia, SS, Randoll Santana

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